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MSc in Developmental Psychology

University of Kent School of Psychology

Full time & Part time September MSc

About the course

Developmental Psychology MSc develops your understanding of the psychological processes that underlie an individual's social, emotional and cognitive development throughout their life.

We provide you with specialised knowledge of a range of theoretical and practical approaches to developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology, including an understanding of how research in developmental psychology can inform policy and practice across educational, health, forensic and clinical professional practice (eg research on language and reading development, social and emotional development).

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Key benefits

The programme draws on the strengths of academic staff and researchers working in the field of developmental psychology, with expertise

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Entry Requirements

A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard. However, applicants who do not meet this criterion are still welcome to apply, and their individual circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are also considered. We may require a our pro-forma from your academic referee.

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Student Profile(s)

Taryn Hendricksen

I have always been interested in the psychological development of children, particularly in regards to learning and mental health, but I have been unsure where to take this. I decided to pursue a postgraduate degree to further my knowledge of the field, develop my skills, and increase my employability. I also wanted to learn more about different areas of psychology to help me figure out where to go next.

In my third year of my Kent Psychology undergraduate degree I took a module in Advanced Developmental Psychology which cemented my love for the topic. Choosing which MSc degree to do was easy – it could only be the MSc in Developmental Psychology for me! The choice of where do my postgraduate was also easy: my undergraduate was at Kent and I had loved my time here. The university is incredibly supportive and there are a wealth of resources I can access including information and workshops, not only for my study but also for careers and employability. There are also a huge variety of societies that are incredibly active and a lot of fun to be a part of!

I am enjoying my postgraduate study as much as undergraduate. The course focuses on teaching us to evaluate research and decide for ourselves whether it is methodologically sound, and whether the conclusions are valid. As such, there is a strong critical analysis component which was not as present at undergraduate level. This has not only improved my ability to assess how good a research study is, but it has also allowed me to become a better researcher myself.

Eirini-Sofia Romaiou

My Bachelor’s degree was in Pre-School Education and during my studies the modules that fascinated me the most were in psychology. What I found really appealing in Psychology is that it can be applied to everyday life and helps people to understand not only other people’s behaviour but also their own.

The main reason I decided to pursue a Master’s was to build on my knowledge in psychology and focus on developmental psychology, which relates to my initial area of professional specialisation. Also I believe that studying at Master’s level helps you develop transferable skills such as time management, critical thinking and analytical ability. Furthermore, postgraduate study enables you to explore different career paths and opens up a wide range of options after graduation.

Having completed my BSc in my hometown of Athens, Greece, I was looking forward to gaining some international experience. The University of Kent caught my attention for a number of reasons. Firstly it has an outstanding reputation in various areas of psychology which excited me, plus the School of Psychology had a supportive environment for creative research and learning. This as well as the desire for a campus experience in a small city not too far from London led me to choose Kent, the decision of a lifetime.
Nonetheless, the main reason for choosing University of Kent was the calibre of the MSc in Developmental Psychology. I chose this course over others because of the balance between research and practice. Gaining research experience is a fundamental requirement in the field of psychology, but being able to learn how theory becomes practice is equally essential.

In my previous degree I was taught very little about research. In contrast, my Master’s degree has already taught me a lot about methodology, ethics and given me the opportunity to work on my very first research project as part of my Dissertation. Ιt helped me realise what an effort is needed in order to conduct a study and some of the challenges that researchers must deal with.


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